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Blog series by Paul updated 08-02-2008 03:25 AM 19 parts 32967 reads 94 comments total

Part 1: Restart

05-27-2007 03:08 PM by Paul | 8 comments »

I guess it’s been so long since my last entry on this blog that I have to begin the series again. The New Blog entry page didn’t give me this title as a choice again. I was sidetracked with the Thorsen Table challenge and a couple of furniture repair jobs that came to me. (This is a commission that said, “Whenever you can get to it.” That’s not a good thing to say to me.) But, I worked most of the day yesterday on the chests of drawers and hope to post a f...

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Part 2: Dry Fit and Partial

05-27-2007 10:29 PM by Paul | 5 comments »

Whenever I draw up the plans myself instead of working from a published plan, I stop and dry fit often (probably too much) but I seem to catch errors in arithmetic and design faster this way. Here’s a couple of pics of the dry fit from yesterday. Click the thumbnail pics for a larger view. Here's the way it looks with the frame and panels for the sides glued up and the back dry fitted and clamped in place. Now, I'm pondering how I want to fix the draw dividers in...

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Part 3: Top and Dividers Installed

05-29-2007 04:17 AM by Paul | 6 comments »

Had a little time today. I used the pocketholes and screws for the first time. Pretty neat. Think I would have needed more hands for other attachment options (dowels, bisquits). Click the pics for larger images. On to the carcase of it's twin and then . . . dovetailed drawers (another first)

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Part 4: Finishing Advise

06-01-2007 09:48 PM by Paul | 2 comments »

I should be able to post pictures of the twin in the next couple of days and then start the drawers (I cut a bunch of rough parts for the drawers yesterday), but I’m starting to think ahead to finishing. I’m concerned about the solid red oak taking the stain differently than the red oak ply. Any advise? 1. I plan on testing it out with a scrap of each first.2. Experience or advise on fillers for porous oak? I haven’t tried fillers before.3. When I stopped by the Rock...

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Part 5: Three Steps Forward, At Least One Step Back

06-03-2007 02:43 AM by Paul | 3 comments »

I “completed” the carcases and installation of the drawer dividers on the “twins.” click for larger image Things were going so well, I guess I was feeling frisky and got ahead of myself. I installed the dividers before attaching the side drawer guides on the twin. But hey, I’m a pockethole “expert” now! So, I’ll just drill some pocketholes and attach the side drawer guides without taking the dividers back out. On number eight of 10 sid...

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Part 6: Repair Complete

06-06-2007 03:59 PM by Paul | 6 comments »

Along with another little repair on a different project that was brought to me, I used a shop session last night to fix the hole I accidently punched in the chest carcase. (a “session” is two or three hours after supper on a weeknight – I get maybe one or two a week.) Thanks for the key inlay suggestion, but with 1/4” ply material for the panel, that’s not possible – the material has to be thicker. Took a couple of drawer dividers back out and I did ...

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Part 7: Drawer Construction Prep

07-01-2007 01:31 AM by Paul | 5 comments »

Lots of other things going on, raining a lot in Texas (anybody have plans for an Ark? Oh yeah, I have a description in the Bible!) – so I stacked up the garage to get a car in more often & was gone for ten days of vacation, so haven’t accomplished much over the past three weeks. I did “unstack” and get back into the shop some today after cutting the grass (just before it started raining again). I spent 3 1/2 hours planing poplar drawer sides and backs to 1/2&#...

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Part 8: Drawer Dovetails

07-04-2007 11:08 PM by Paul | 7 comments »

It’s the 4th and isn’t freedom a blessing! Went to the community parade this morning and free to make wood dust this afternoon! Well, after doing some thicknessing and sizing the other day, I got out the PC dovetail jig and router today. Red Oak drawer fronts and poplar secondary. Click the images for a larger view. After messing with some practice pieces for about 20 miuntes, I started cutting the real thing. Here’s a view of the last of 24 drawer sides still in t...

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Part 9: Had just an hour

07-10-2007 04:49 AM by Paul | 2 comments »

Not much time this week – this will probably be my only blog entry – maaaaybe one other evening this week I will have a bit of time back in the shop? Unfortunately, I don’t think I’m going to get anything ready for the summer challenge :( Sized all the drawer sides to length Practiced on scraps with the PC jig (4212) on through dovetails for the drawer sides to back joinery. It’s a little more complicated on through dovetails (more steps, flipping templat...

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Part 10: Drawer cases assembled/glued

07-28-2007 05:04 PM by Paul | 7 comments »

I thought I would pop in to let you know I’m still slowly plugging away. I’ve only had eight hours in the shop this month (July). Today (first free Saturday), I may be able to nearly double that total for the month. It’s killing me that I can’t participate in the summer challenge but July was a bad month for me and I agreed to build these chests about a year ago! So, it was about time I put them at the top of my list. Send an extra positive prayer/thought my w...

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Part 11: Back to the Chests after 2 Month Diversion

10-28-2007 03:34 AM by Paul | 1 comment »

Gosh, time flies. Projects that I’ve outlined in other blogs piled up and I needed my space back to work on these chests. Didn’t get a whole heck of lot accomplished after the flea market and yard sales today. Purchased manufactured maple drawer guides. Made a mistake and left a 5/8” inset to the drawer bottoms and the guide was 3/4” high. Fortunately, I was able to take 1/16” off each half of the guide by running through my table top tickness planer to m...

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Part 12: Drawers In

11-02-2007 04:03 AM by Paul | 18 comments »

1. Mounted the center guides on all the drawers – sanded, planed, etc. for stick free slide on drawers – still have quite a bit of fine tuning to do.2. Made and applied crest? to chest tops3. Lots of sanding now in my future. What do you think? Round knobs? Square Mission Knobs and Pulls?

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Part 13: Stained

11-21-2007 11:25 PM by Paul | 2 comments »

Rockler “Mission” Gel Stain Have some work to do evening up the shade on the chests between the ply panels and the solid wood. I expected that task though.

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Part 14: Spray Finish

12-09-2007 12:26 AM by Paul | 7 comments »

Not much new to show. I’m not well pleased with my sanding which was revealed by the stain. Sorry, I’m too ashamed to show close ups. You can see enough at this distance. I really thought I had gone over it extremely well. errg! I picked up a Rockler HVLP unit at the after thanksgiving sale ($60) and am pretty well pleased with the results. Sprayed Minwax Satin Polyurethane I need to order the knobs, finish to match and finish up this three piece project.

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Part 15: Finished

01-12-2008 06:22 PM by Paul | 5 comments »

I posted some dusty pics under my projects. And these pics aren’t great additions, but they’re too heavy for me to move around by myself (and risk banging up) for better pics. I did get a lttle of the dust off the chest at least/ Click pics for larger view Full size bed frame

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Part 16: Gift to Friends

06-17-2008 10:07 PM by Paul | 1 comment »

Two church members, church elders and great friends know that woodworking is emotionally, spiritually and psychologically therapeutic for their pastor. So they have commissioned me to build five pieces of craftsman/arts & crafts furniture for them over the past six to eight years (Chair, couch, bed frame and two chest of drawers). All the pieces are pictured in my projects or blogs. They’re moving away to Iowa in August :( I plan to have this bookcase done for them as a going ...

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Part 17: Bookcase

06-22-2008 04:05 AM by Paul | 1 comment »

Not a lot of progress, but the plan calls for lead glass panes in the three small square openings of the door. I decided not to search out and commission someone to make the leaded glass and rather opted to make wooden cross panes. I’ve seen examples of Arts and Crafts bookcases with this arrangement. Simple lap joinery for the cross pane and small lap joints inset into the glass rabett.

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Part 18: Glass Door Bookcase

07-20-2008 03:21 AM by Paul | 4 comments »

Was able to swing by Rockler this week to pick up some hinges, a cupboard key latch and a shelf pin hole jig. & Finally had a chance to put in some decent time on the bookcase today. 1. Sanding2. Installed lapped slats in the back3. Drilled the adjustable shelf pin holes4. Mounted the door with the hinges5. Installed the cupboard key latch. (click on pics for larger view) More sanding and move on to finishing. installing glass, etc. Need to get on the stick. My friend...

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Part 19: Bookcase Fini

08-02-2008 03:25 AM by Paul | 4 comments »

Click on pics for larger view Minwax Oil Stain – “Early American” & 3 coats of Satin Poly 1/4” square oak strips and #4-1/2” brass screws holding the glass in the door openings Detail through Tenon Didn’t have time to add the hidden compartment that I planned. A fun project. I think they will like it.

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